The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice entitled New Requirements for Carrying Navigation Equipment for All Ships Subject to SOLAS. The Notice discusses various new carriage requirements relating to navigation equipment that
came into effect on 1 July 2002. U.S.-flag vessels are not to engage in international voyages until they are in compliance. Port state control personnel are encouraged to take appropriate action with regard to foreign flag vessels found not to be in compliance.
Source: HK Law